Specking of Dostoevsky, Akira Kurosawa was obsessed with the man.
He planned on adapting Dostoevsky's The Idiot as some sort of magnum opus, a sprawling epic that covered ever nook and cranny of the novel in a dazzling cinematic presentation.
Unfortunately for Kurosawa, the odds were against him. His first cut was at a whooping 4-hrs long. The first screening was a disaster, and the studio that financed the film, Shochiku, commanded Kurosawa to edit the film down to a reasonable runtime. No open-discussion, no debate.
As a result, the final product is a patchy work, filled with Kurosawa's signature style of geometric compositions and some memorable performances from Setsuko Hara and the one and only Toshiro Mifune. Furthermore, by…